The Scottish Forestry Trust has today announced a new research fund that will support projects to reduce insured risks in UK forests and woodlands. Funded by a partnership between QBE Business Insurance and Tilhill Forestry clients and delivered by The Scottish Forestry Trust, support will be available for postgraduate students to undertake applied research. Topics may include the prediction and mitigation of storm damage and fire in woodlands in the UK, as well as ways in which the quality or cost of restocking operations can be improved. |
Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry, George McRobbie said “Damage to UK forests caused by windthrow, stem snap and degrade of timber is something which many forest managers have had to deal with in recent years and may increase in future and this has a consequential impact on the cost of insurance for forest owners. As managers we are keen to find new ways to combat such damage – for example, by improving the quality of the restocking operation, subsequent rotations may better withstand losses from wind and fire damage. We hope that through this new fund provided by QBE Business Insurance and Tilhill Forestry clients that research will identify new, practical steps that the forest industry can take”.
George McRobbie presented the Trust with a cheque for the first donation of £26,000.
Commenting on the announcement of the new funding, Scottish Forestry Trust Chairman Bob McIntosh said “I am delighted to announce the launch of this new fund and look forward to receiving high quality applications in this important topic area. It is extremely gratifying that QBE Business Insurance and Tilhill Forestry clients have put their confidence in The Scottish Forestry Trust to deliver this new initiative and we see it as a great example of private sector forestry investing in practical research for the future”.
Full details of the new scheme; guidance notes and an application form will be available on the Scottish Forestry Trust website www.scottishforestrytrust.org.uk from 15th October 2016.